- Noun: depletion du'pleeshun
- The act of decreasing something markedly
- The state of being depleted
Derived forms: depletions
See also: deplete
An accounting term describing the amortization of assets that can be physically reduced.
n : the act or process of depleting or the state of being depleted: as
a : the reduction or loss of blood, body fluids, chemical constituents, or stored materials from the body (as by hemorrhage or malnutrition)
b : a debilitated state caused by excessive loss of body fluids or other constituents
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- alkalosis and potassium depletion may be pronounced.
- specimens can be collected usually without severe depletion of local populations.
- other countries took measures to prevent depletion of their precious dollar supplies.
- this modest amount of sodium bicarbonate prevents the potassium depletion and demineralization of bone.
- depletion of soil nitrogen frequently leads to reduced concentrations of soluble amino and amides.